Live Entertainment (2019 Festival)
*The entertainment lineup for the 50th festival will be announced closer to the festival*
In addition to works of art to view and purchase, the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts features performances by local vocalists and bands.
Emcee: Larry Lisk
Larry has a long history in the Tampa Bay music scene. As co-founder and former President (1997-2005) of the Suncoast Blues Society, the group was awarded the prestigious Keeping The Blues Alive Award as the Blues Organization of the Year in 2004 from the Blues Foundation in Memphis. Larry received the Keeping Blues Alive award for Public Radio in 2014, and the Excellence in Blues Radio award from Tampa Bay Blues Foundation 2014. Larry has been a radioactive volunteer at community radio WMNF88.5FM since 1991. He has been playing the blues since 1998 and can be heard from 6 to 8 PM on Monday evenings. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from WMNF in 2011. Larry has been the voice of the Tampa Bay Blues Festival since 2004 and the Clearwater Sea Blues festival since 2007.
Saturday, March 2nd
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Taylor Reed is an RnB, pop, neo-soul artist touring regionally and nationally. She currently resides in Tampa Bay, Florida with her husband (Joe) and two dogs (MooCow and Dragon). Her formative influences range from innovative pop icons such as Michael Jackson and Coldplay, to classic and modern day RnB, to Johan Sebastian Bach, cutting her teeth as a violinist in a gypsy jazz improv troupe showcasing in downtown Ybor. Taylor channels her natural creativity and spontaneity through a looping station, building an elegantly layered, engrossingly soulful sound. Weaving violin melodies through groove-infused creations, her music elevates any space. Her new original work connects on a human level, finding common ground in shared experiences and exposing beauty and hope through new perspective.
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
WD-HAN is an alternative indie rock band based in Tampa Bay, Florida. The band took its original form with Cal Henry on guitar, jamming and writing with high school friends. In need of a name, WD-HAN (“We Don’t Have A Name”) was considered and loved instantly.
Over the following years as the band continued to write new music and play bigger and better gigs they started to build a following. With the addition of Lea Campbell on drums and Spencer Barnes as the band’s front man, they developed their own kind of pop rock sound heavily influenced by a love of classic rock and blues.
Their latest release, Monkey, is an album that highlights all of their growth and skill as songwriters and musicians. From Spencer’s gritty, soulful vocals to Lea’s dynamic drumming and Cal’s shredding guitar solos you will hear influences from bands such as Walk The Moon, Imagine Dragons and The Black Keys. You’ll be hooked from the first listen. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Ella Jet and Future Soul wants to bring out the strongest, inner-most human emotions through their music. With passion, through heartbreak, comes lyrically driven songs that have a deeper meaning, and are backed by a unique soulful groove. Constantly pushing the limits of progressive Neo-Soul, you will not find them boxed in by musical or societal standards. Their overall theme of love will leave you recharged, connected to your higher self, and yearning for more.
3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Honey What is a 5 piece band hailing from St. Petersburg, Florida. Frontwoman Danielle Mohr founded the band in August of 2017 when she released her debut EP “Momentum”, and the project has taken on a life of it’s own developing into a soul-rock-pop sound.
Sunday, March 3rd
10:0 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Formed in June of 2015, Judy Jean is duet playing out of St Petersburg, Florida. Combinations of folk, blues and indie.
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Mountain Holler is the moniker of St. Petersburg, Florida, based multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Mark Etherington. His unique style of acoustic guitar playing paired with other-worldly vocals evoke deep emotion, transcendent daydreams, and an unforgettable experience. Lyrically, Etherington reflects upon his mystical findings of beauty and truth in the natural world and the pursuit of his own spiritual awareness. With every performance Mountain Holler conjures a sonic ritual that captures his audience and takes them on an inward journey.
1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Ashley Smith has been a solo musician singing throughout the United States since early 2004. In 2011 she joined ranks with 4 other talented musicians to form their band Hyborn. They began recording their first album in February of 2012 and you can currently find their music on reverbnation.com or on the Hyborn band page. You can also find Ashley’s solo music on her website www.amsmithmusic.com or look for posts to hear her live, primarily in her hometown, in Tampa, Florida.
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Actual Bank Robbers is an indie pop-rock band based out of Tampa, FL. Comprised of musicians who met while working at a theme park, the band’s alternative-meets-pop sound has become a favorite of Tampa audiences. Their debut album Checklist was released in 2016 and earned them a spot in Nashville’s Whiskey Jam, a headlining show at Busch Gardens Tampa, a finalist slot in Hard Rock Tampa’s Hard Rock Rising competition, two performances at St. Peterburg’s Jannus Live, and features in several online publications.